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Romero Pools

Hike to a seasonal collection of beautiful pools and waterfalls.

Hiking Difficult

8.4 km
400 m
400 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
827 m
High Point
1.1 km
Romero Pools Map

The hike up Romero Canyon to the Romero Pools and associated waterfalls is one of the most popular hikes in the greater Tucson area. "Montrose Pools and Romero Pools are shallow catchments on canyon streams that flow seasonally," according to AZStateParks.com. When the catchments are full, the pools are popular swinging holes, with great cliff jumping opportunities off the overhanging rocks.


The hike to the pools gets progressively more difficult the further you go on. "The first 1.1 miles is a relatively flat and an easy walk," according to Dofo Salazar on TheOutbound.com.

After crossing out of the park boundary and into the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, the trail transforms into a much rougher, "unmaintained wilderness trail," according to AZStateParks. "The next 1.7 miles is a steep and rocky climb to Romero Pools. Poor trail conditions might be encountered," they warn. The rugged trail climbs through craggy rock outcroppings as it heads deep into the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The hike to Romero Pools measures 2.8 miles one-way, and the downhill return is much easier. If you're looking for a true challenge, you can continue all the way to Romero Pass, which is 7.7 miles one-way from the trailhead. Be forewarned: there's no easier way to return than the trail you climbed up, so you must be prepared for a long day in the mountains.

Sources: https://azstateparks.com/catalina/things-to-do/trails https://www.theoutbound.com/arizona/hiking/hike-to-the-romero-pools https://www.gjhikes.com/2014/07/romero-pools.html



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Water features

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